Definition of orthopter
1 : a flying machine propelled by flapping of wings : a mechanical bird
2 [French orthoptère, from New Latin Orthoptera] : orthopteron
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Origin and Etymology of orthopter
French orthoptère, from orth- + -ptére (as in hélicoptère helicopter) — more at helicopter
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